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Michael Levy Bajar

Michael Levy Bajar

New York, NY, US

 
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About 

Originally from Panama, Michael came to The United States to pursue his studies at the University of Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2002 and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia in 2011

For the past six years, he's been a senior project manager at Murdock Solon Architects, leading designs for a beach home in Montauk; an addition and renovation to a four-story townhouse in Fort Greene; a two-story contemporary gallery with sculpture gardens in West Chelsea; a sound and video-editing headquarters in SoHo; ground-up construction for a family house in Greenwich, CT; and two roof terraces for commercial properties in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.

He has over twelve years’ experience in architecture and designing furniture systems, getting his start at companies like Archetype Design Studio and Asymptote Architecture 

Michael is a registered architect in the state of New York

A full portfolio and references are available upon request via email | michaellevybajar@gmail.com

Employment 

Murdock Solon Architects, New York, Senior Project Architect

Strong mentoring skills with project team ensuring highest level of quality is achieved from schematic design development to construction document production

Understanding of design and technical requirements to ensure compliance with standards, building codes, life safety and ADA

Developed project scopes and schedules while monitoring and enforcing allocated budget hours-per-fee contracts

Assisted in maintaining project manuals and specifications for residential and commercial projects

Researched and implemented technical and practical construction methods to convey design intent

Supervised and collaborated in website development and published content for the office

Oct 2011 - current
 

SOFTlab, UVA Externship

In charge of designing part of the furniture system for the office
Produced shop drawings for fabrication of furniture system

Jan 2011 - Jan 2011
 

TEN arquitectos, UVA Externship

Collaborated in the making of diagrammatic sketches for a competition
Assisted in the production of schematic models for clients

Jan 2010 - Jan 2010
 

Alan Berman Architect PLLC (Archetype Architecture), Project Manager

In the six years that I spent at Archetype studio I was able to develop the necessary skills to successfully oversee a project from beginning to end while supervising an entire design staff of five through all stages.

My tasks included coordinating client meetings, collaborating with design and construction consultants, as well as reviewing bidding documents and negotiating with contractors of many trades.

In addition, I assisted in the production of contractual agreements not only between our studio and our clients but also between our clients and independent contractors to ensure quality was met at every step of the process and establish a trusted reputation within our community.

A full professional portfolio and references are available upon request.

May 2003 - Jul 2009
 

Asymptote Architecture, Architectural Intern

Created detailed models for residential projects and retail spaces
Assisted in the making of bidding and construction documents for Asymptote's NAi Exhibition as well as for Carlos Miele NY Flagship store
Participated in the design of various architecture competitions such as Frankfurt University Campus Planning and World Trade Organization Headquarters
Performed office duties, furniture specification sets, deliveries

Sep 2002 - May 2003
 

Ambitec Furniture Systems (Panama City, PTY), Junior Designer

Created furniture schematic design and shop drawings for subcontractors under the supervision of the design principal
Assisted in the design development process for various projects

Jan 1998 - Jan 1999
 

Deco Daron Designs (Panama City, PTY), Drafter / Intern

Collaborated in the design of custom millwork units for commercial & residential projects
Assisted in taking field measurements, making deliveries and specifications

Jan 1997 - Jan 1998
 

Education 

University of Virginia, MArch, Masters of Architecture

A full academic portfolio of selected works is available for review

Fellowship recipient | University of Virginia | 2009-2011

Teaching Assistant for ARCH 3230 | Systems, sites and buildings
Teaching Assistant for ARCH 2020 | Intro to Architectural Design
Teaching Assistant for ARCH 3260 | Building Matters
Teaching Assistant for ARCH 5800 | Language and logistics

Aug 2009 - May 2011
 

University of Florida, BArch, Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Top Ten student award in Upper Division selection
University Honors recipient
Deans List for Fall 2001 and Spring 2002
Spent one semester abroad at The 'Istituto d’Architettura a Vicenza' in the Fall of 2001

Jun 1999 - May 2002
 

Areas of Specialization 

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